Farm Bureau project nears completion

A major upgrade of Farm Bureau Rd. from Wren Ave. to Walnut Ave. should be complete by early September, said city engineer Kevin Marstall.

The project, which began in early August, hit a few minor delays in working with the underground utilities. Although it won’t be finished, until the first week in September, the northbound lane will be open by the time school starts for access to Wren Avenue Elementary.

The repaving is Phase II of the city’s Complete Streets study completed in 2014. Theproject’s $4,215,000 is funded the Measure J Gas Tax and will use a fairly new method of street rehabilitation called Full Depth Reclamation.

In this process, cement is mixed with the old asphalt and is pulverized in place, saving weeks over the conventional method which requires digging up the old asphalt and hauling everything away. Cost for both methods is about the same, Marstall said.